Johannesburg - Kaizer Chiefs striker Bernard Parker believes the mood in the
South Africa camp is the best he has experienced since Gordon Igesund
took charge last year.
According to the Football411 website, Bafana Bafana have managed seven wins, three draws and four
defeats under Igesund, with the former Moroka Swallows coach having also
steered them to the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals earlier this
year, where they were knocked out on penalties by Mali.
Their three losses came against Brazil, Poland and Zambia, with
the South Africans losing only by one goal each time after producing a
Parker, who has been in fine form in front of goal for club and
country for the last 12 months, has a highlighted a renewed positivity
and "freshness" about Bafana that has previously not been there.
"From the last year or year before, the team is fresher. We are
together. We are motivated. We focus more on ourselves than the
opponent, and I think that's important," he told the Sowetan ahead Sunday's crunch 2014 World Cup qualifier against Ethiopia.
The Amakhosi hitman was on target against the Central African
Republic at the weekend, but isn't resting on his laurels as he reckons
every one of his team-mates is eager to impress for their country.
"No player here is relaxing at training. Even the guys on the bench on Saturday were happy," Parker added.
"The coach has been preaching it all the time: "We are better, we
are better, we matched Brazil, we matched Poland. If you believe in
yourselves, nobody can touch you."